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In 1792, the presidential veto is used for the first time

April 5, 2022

On April 5, 1792, the presidential veto was used for the first time by President George Washington. What was he vetoing? A bill with a new apportionment formula that would give some states more representatives than proportionate to their populations. Congress did not override a presidential veto until 1845 (!)

Did you know? Veto is Latin for “I forbid.” The president with the most vetoes is Franklin D. Roosevelt (635).


April 5, 2022
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